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The redeemed have the authority to ‘say so’

Psalm 107:2 – “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.”

God has given believers the power and authority to speak/confess words of abundant life over any circumstance or situation they may experience. John 10:10 KJV says, “ … I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.”

The Greek definition for the word “confession” is the word “homologeo.” This word has several definitions that can help you to better understand what “confession” means. They are as follows:

“To speak the same thing”
“To come in agreement with”
“To unify with”
“To declare”

As believers, we must learn to confess the same thing God’s Word says about our circumstance or situation which we may be experiencing. It does not matter what we may think or feel about it, we must just find the appropriate word over the matter and believe. 2) Timothy 2:15 KJV says, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

We show ourselves approved unto God when we use the correct word over our circumstance or situation, by giving the Word of God an opportunity to make the right change to the matter we are experiencing.

The definition of the word “agreement” is “to be of the same opinion and mind.” By confessing God’s Word mixed with faith, it is powerful, unstoppable and awesome by itself.

The meaning of the word “unity” is “to come together and become united with one cause or purpose.” It is the place of consistent agreement. Confession is something we must do consistently; it’s not something we do every now and then, or when we feel like it. What better way to demonstrate our unity with God, as stated in John 15:7 KJV, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

To declare is, “to proclaim, pronounce, or make a declaration.” When we learn to make our confessions, effectively, we will decree and declare God’s Word with His authoritative power. As the words of a king must come to pass, our words, as kings (unto Jesus Christ, the Most High King) shall also come to pass.

When we speak the same thing God has spoken in His Word, we become of one mind and opinion with His Word. This brings our situations and circumstances in line with what He said, and brings us into unity, being consistent with power and authority.

Now, that you have been made aware to rightly confess the correct word over your experiences, you will no longer confess death and destruction over your life with negative words of doubt, fear and unbelief, but confess the abundant life of God.

John 1:12-13 KJV says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Dr. Ronald Hester is pastor of God’s Way of Life Ministries in Orangeburg.

 

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Build My Life (feat. Joe L Barnes, Jekalyn Carr & Ryan Ofei) | Maverick City | Tribl

This video was captured in Atlanta at Tribl Worship Nights on July 24th, 2021.

Lyrics:
Worthy of every song we could ever sing
Worthy of all the praise we could ever bring
Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe
We live for You

Jesus, the name above every other name
Jesus, the only one who could ever save
Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe
We live for You

Holy, there is no one like You
There is none beside You
Open up my eyes in wonder
Show me who You are
And fill me with Your heart
And lead me in Your love to those around me

Worthy of every song we could ever sing
Worthy of all the praise we could ever bring
Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe
We live for You

Jesus, the name above every other name
Jesus, the only one who could ever save
Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe
We live for You

Holy, there is no one like You
There is none beside You
Open up my eyes in wonder
Show me who You are
And fill me with Your heart
And lead me in Your love to those around me

I will build my life upon Your love
It is a firm foundation
I will put my trust in You alone
And I will not be shaken

Holy, there is no one like You
There is none beside You
Open up my eyes in wonder
Show me who You are
And fill me with Your heart
And lead me in Your love to those around me.

 

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Embracing the Adventure of Doing Business With God

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For decades, leaders of the faith and work movement have encouraged and equipped followers of Christ to integrate their faith into their work lives and see their work as significant to God’s purposes for the world. A significant number of Christians in business have the hearts and mindsets to no longer separate their work lives from their spiritual lives. They are committed to doing business “as unto the Lord,” as the apostle Paul encourages in Colossians 3:23.

However, the invitation that lies before every business leader is greater than many realize — it’s an invitation to not only do business for the glory of God, but to do business with the presence of God and through the leading of the Holy Spirit. Embracing this perspective changes everything and propels you into an adventure that will ultimately unlock God’s best for you and your sphere of influence in the marketplace.

Shae Bynes, co-founder of Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur and author of Grace Over Grind: How Grace Will Take Your Business Where Grinding Can’t, shares candidly from her own life about the tension and beauty of taking risks as we grow in intimacy with God and explore the fullness of His heart for our lives and businesses.

Listen to this episode of The Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur podcast to hear how encountering God and accepting the invitation to do business with Him changed everything for Shae, and led to a global movement that is inspiring hundreds of thousands to do the same.

Shae Bynes is a passionate storyteller, mentor, and strategist who equips leaders to be catalysts for transformation in the marketplace. Known as “Chief Fire Igniter,” Shae co-founded the Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur movement in 2012, and her teaching and mentoring provide inspiration and practical strategies for doing business in partnership with God for greater kingdom influence and impact. Whether she is sharing on platforms publicly or consulting privately, you can expect Shae to deliver an abundance of truth with love, grace and contagious joy. Learn more at KingdomDrivenEntrepreneur.com.

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May God Keep Us from Being Like Thinkers

Reflections on Ecclesiastes

Great minds don’t think alike. Leonardo Da Vinci didn’t paint the “Mona Lisa” by working like his predecessors; he made the uncommon move of focusing on her eyes and hands. Albert Einstein didn’t figure out the speed of light by focusing on the problems his peers were solving. Walt Whitman didn’t come up with his poetry style by working with the same forms as his contemporaries. And Henry Ford didn’t take his car to market by coming up with the best one; he made his mass-producible.

Anyone who has achieved greatness has thought for themselves. That includes the prophets, the authors of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, the apostles, and Jesus.

This is why I often say, “May God keep us from being like thinkers.” To keep from being like thinkers, we need to restrain ourselves from hearing only one part or voice of the Bible. We need to be influenced by great ideas.

Yet, new ideas aren’t exactly new. They’re a repackaging or combination of old, and sometimes ancient, thoughts: “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Can one say about anything, ‘Look, this is new’? It has already existed in the ages before us” (Eccl 1:9–10 HCSB).

The very idea of an “ideas issue” isn’t new. For over 150 years, The Atlantic’s editors have raised their glasses to ideas that could change America and the world. The world of Bible study—and the church—needs ideas. There aren’t novel ideas for approaching the Bible anymore; just good, old ones presented in smart ways. We have chosen these nine ideas because we think they have the most potential to help people become interested in the Bible again.

We want to see Bible study front and center in the church and the world. We believe that the Bible will do the rest of the work—both by bringing the good news of Jesus as our savior, and by changing those, via the work of the Spirit, who have accepted the gospel. These ideas will help us all make that idea a reality.

JOHN BARRY
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN BIBLE STUDY MAGAZINE MAY–JUNE ‘11
BIBLICAL REFERENCES FROM HCSB

 

 

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But God…

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“But God is my helper.” —Psalm 54:4

Have you ever looked up the phrase “but God” in the Bible? You’ll find it in a lot of interesting situations where God intervened.

Take the story of Noah, for example. I wonder if he started to lose hope as he and his family bobbed around in that ark with all those animals after the Flood. Genesis 8:1 tells us, “But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and livestock with him in the boat. He sent a wind to blow across the earth, and the floodwaters began to recede” (NLT, emphasis added).

Then we have the story of Joseph. His brothers sold him into slavery and thought he was dead. Yet God preserved him. He elevated Joseph to a position of great power in which he was in charge of the food supply.

When a famine struck, his brothers appeared before him one day, asking for food. Joseph said to them, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people” (Genesis 50:20 NLT, emphasis added).

The nation of Israel faced the Red Sea—an insurmountable obstacle—with the Egyptian army in hot pursuit. But God intervened. And what looked like a hopeless situation became a time of glorious deliverance.

The Bible tells us, “But the people of Israel had walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, as the water stood up like a wall on both sides” (Exodus 14:29 NLT).

The lives of Noah, Joseph, and the Israelites remind us that “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26 NKJV).

Maybe, like them, you’re in a place where the only way out is God. You can be sure of this: God is bigger than your problem. And God will always have the last word.

Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie